What to Know If You’re Considering an Abortion

What to Know If You're Considering an Abortion

If you’re considering an abortion, it’s essential to be well-informed about the necessary steps and options available to you. Before making any decisions, there are some crucial preliminary steps to take, such as confirming your pregnancy, understanding its status, and learning the risks of an abortion.

Pregnancy testing and ultrasound provide valuable information that can help guide your decisions. Ensuring that you have accurate and comprehensive information will support you in making the best choice for your circumstances.

Getting Lab-Quality Pregnancy Testing

While at-home pregnancy tests can provide an initial indication, it’s crucial to confirm your pregnancy with lab-quality testing, which offers a higher level of accuracy and reliability.

Confirming your pregnancy through lab-quality testing provides peace of mind and helps you start with the most accurate information available.

Have You Had An Ultrasound?

After you’ve confirmed you’re pregnant, the next important step is to get an ultrasound. An ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of structures inside the body.

Ultrasounds are particularly critical during pregnancy. There are several vital details you’ll need to know if you’re considering abortion.

An ultrasound tells you your pregnancy’s location, gestational age, and viability. This is instrumental in determining if you’ve miscarried, have an ectopic pregnancy, or need to know how far along you are.

Understand The Risks

There are two types of abortion procedures: medical and surgical.

Medical abortion uses drugs to terminate a pregnancy. The risks of a medical abortion include:

  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Infection
  • Heavy, prolonged bleeding
  • Incomplete abortion (which may require surgical treatment)
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the drugs don’t work)

A surgical abortion uses a combination of drugs, medical instruments, forceps, and suction to remove a pregnancy from the uterus. The risks include:

  • Infection
  • Cervical damage
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall (which can lead to painful menstrual cycles or infertility)

Get These Free Pregnancy Services

Options Medical Clinic provides free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, options counseling, and more to help you feel equipped to make a decision that’s best for you.

Visit us in a confidential and safe environment where you can feel comfortable discussing whatever questions you may have regarding your pregnancy.

Contact us today to get started. You can also text us at (770) 874-2031 or call at 770-924-0864.